Concord, NH - A recent review of the preparedness efforts of the State’s
ability to distribute and dispense medical countermeasures for a public
health emergency showed improvement in the overall score over last year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts the annual
assessment of the State’s Strategic National Stockpile Program and the
seven Cities Readiness Initiative Regions, which include Strafford County
Region, Seacoast Region, Greater Derry Region, Greater Manchester Region,
Greater Nashua Region, Greater Monadnock Region, and the Capital Area
“Each year we are evaluated on our planning efforts including exercises and
drills,” said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero. “We’ve been
working closely with our regional public health partners and have shown
steady improvement in our assessment evaluation over the years and continue
to do well in our overall plan, communications, security and inventory
The annual assessment looks at the State’s efforts, regional work by Public
Health Networks and the Cities Readiness Initiative Sites from February
2012 to February 2013. The assessment process has been in place since 2004,
and New Hampshire continues to improve its readiness year after year.
“I’m very pleased with our scores this year,” said NH’s Strategic National
Stockpile Coordinator Vickie Carrier. “Our scores reflect the continued
dedication to training and preparation from the Public Health Coordinators
to emergency response teams and volunteers. New Hampshire is fortunate to
have the commitment of so many broadly trained individuals that help ensure
we are prepared if and when a public health emergency should arise.”
The SNS program is a federally managed system that, in the event of a major
emergency, provides medication, medical equipment, and medical supplies to
local areas to support the response to an emergency. The medical emergency
could be natural or human-caused. Typical planning scenarios include a
terrorist attack, pandemic influenza, and mass anthrax exposure. In the
event of such an emergency, citizens would be given specific instructions
and in most cases would be directed to go to various Points of Dispensing
to receive medication.
Public health threats are always present, whether caused by natural,
accidental, or intentional means. Incidents such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza
pandemic, Hurricane Katrina, and other disease outbreaks and natural
disasters that have occurred underscore the importance of communities being
prepared to receive and manage the Strategic National Stockpile. Preparing
adequately for future emergencies and outbreaks requires predictable and
adequate long-term effort to sustain and improve the public health
infrastructure, staffing, and training.
For more about the Strategic National Stockpile visit
www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm . For more information about New
Hampshire’s SNS Planning and DHHS’ Emergency Services Unit visit
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Concord, NH - A recent review of the preparedness efforts of the State’s
Firearm Accessories Maker Hands Out 1,500, 30-Round PMAGs To Protest Colorado Capacity Ban
MILFORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition will give away five of Magpul's 30-round PMAG magazines in a drawing at the end of the month to honor the firearms-accessory maker's protest effort late last month against a new Colorado gun-control law that bans the rifle magazines it produces.
Magpul Industries Corp., which is currently based in Erie, Colo., gave away 1,500 of its 30-round PMAG magazines designed for AR-15 style rifles to Colorado state residents at a protest event on June 29. A Colorado law restricting the size of firearm magazines to no more than 15 rounds took effect on July 1, but currently owned magazines, including the PMAGs Magpul distributed, will be legally “grandfathered.”
“Clearly, Magpul is a no-compromise company that not only stands on principle, but also takes action to advance the constitutional rights of firearm owners in Colorado and all across America,” said JR Hoell, secretary of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition.
“As the Granite State's only no-compromise firearm rights organization, the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is excited to be able to honor and stand with Magpul in our national fight for firearm freedom by offering five, 30-round PMAGs to our members,” Hoell added. “We hope our effort to build solidarity with fellow firearm freedom fighters will also build support for the God-given right of individuals to bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”
The New Hampshire Firearm Coalition will hold its drawing honoring Magpul's stand for firearm freedom on September 1st, and only paid family- or annual-coalition members will be eligible for the drawing. NHFC board members and their family members will not be eligible.
Magpul announced not long after Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the unconstitutional magazine restriction into law that it is now producing its PMAG magazines outside the Centennial State for the first time in company history as a result of the new law. By the end of July, the company will reveal the location of its new permanent home outside Colorado.
"It is a shame that Gov. Maggie Hassan has intentionally avoided efforts to recruit to New Hampshire firearms manufacturers, such as Magpul from Colorado and PTR Industries from Connecticut,” Hoell said. “These are companies that gave advanced notice about their plans to leave states that pass unconstitutional gun-control laws. Manufacturing firms are clearly considering states that respect firearm freedom, and New Hampshire should be a no brainer for these companies. What a lost opportunity to create jobs and support our state's economy!”
About the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, which is comprised of law-abiding firearms owners, manufacturers and dealers, keeps its members informed about their legislators’ actions on important bills and other activity concerning firearm rights. The NHFC is New Hampshire’s only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization. While many so-called “gun rights groups” work to curry favor with politicians, NHFC is working aggressively to hold politicians accountable and to put a stop to gun control. For more information, please visit www.nhfc-ontarget.org.
Three Receive Recognition Awards for Breastfeeding Promotion
Concord, NH – Three New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program State and local
agency staff were recognized by the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force
for their efforts to promote and support breastfeeding. The awards were
presented in June at a breastfeeding conference in Concord at the Health
and Human Services Building on Hazen Drive.
Awards were given to the following individuals:
Lisa Richards. MS, RD, State WIC Nutrition Services Manager, was recognized
for her efforts as an advocate for breastfeeding services in the WIC
Program for many years.
Lissa Sirois, RD, IBCLC, State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, was
recognized for her professional expertise and leadership to oversee all
breastfeeding and peer counseling services in WIC agencies.
Brandi Wadleigh, CLC, Southwestern Community Services WIC Breastfeeding and
Nutrition Coordinator, was recognized for her strong leadership and
expertise in leading breastfeeding and peer counseling services in Cheshire
and Sullivan Counties.
“New Hampshire has always had strong breastfeeding promotion services in
the WIC program, and it is noteworthy that these three staff plus many
others help mothers every day with breastfeeding, with more than 73% of New
Hampshire WIC mothers initiating breastfeeding in the early weeks,” said
Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This success is a
tribute to all WIC breastfeeding coordinators and peer counselors.”
Three employers were recognized with the inaugural NHBFTF Breastfeeding
Friendly Employer Award as well: Stonyfield Farm, Plymouth State University
and Elliot Hospital. All three received the “New Hampshire” award which
recognized employers that go above and beyond the breastfeeding
requirements set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“I am excited to see the Task Force supporting maternity care practices and
worksite breastfeeding policies,” continued Montero. “These important
changes should lead to improved rates of breastfeeding duration, which is
linked to better outcomes for mothers and babies.”
For more information about the award go to
www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org . To learn more about breastfeeding
initiatives within the Division of Public Health Services visit
Award To Be Presented At June 20 Gala
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 - CEI is pleased to announce that Deidre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the recipient of CEI’s prestigious Julian L. Simon Memorial Award. McCloskey’s groundbreaking scholarly work has focused on historical analysis of the factors that led to advancement in human achievement and prosperity.
“Deirdre McCloskey is a great intellectual and one of the most prominent economic historians alive today,” said CEI Founder and Chairman Fred L. Smith, Jr. “McCloskey offers a moral defense of freedom: She understands that for society to really thrive, society can’t just accept or tolerate economic freedom – society must embrace it. When societies value freedom and capitalism, they prosper.
“McCloskey's impeccable research has documented the cultural transformation in 17th and 18th Century Europe that changed the way society thinks about trade and commerce, which in turn resulted in lifting people out of squalor. Before then, only aristocrats had wealth. That new way of thinking freed people from thousands of years of grinding poverty.”
The Simon Award was established in 2001 in honor of the late free market economist, Julian L. Simon, whose classic 1981 work, The Ultimate Resource, debunked alarmist predictions of eco-doomsayers such as Paul Ehrlich. The award will be presented at CEI's annual gala dinner, June 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Previous award recipients include Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic and "Skeptical Environmentalist" Bjørn Lomborg.
“Professor McCloskey perfectly embodies the spirit in which CEI’s Julian Simon Award was created,” said CEI President Lawson R. Bader. “Her work contributes tremendously to our understanding of the value of free markets, vigorously defends capitalism and entrepreneurialism and makes the case for freedom with a rare eloquence. It is our pleasure to honor her work.”
Quotes & wisdom from Deirdre McCloskey, in The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce:
- One can think of the calamities of the 20th century as caused by the sins of capitalism. The left does. Capital was born, wrote Marx, “dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt.” I think on the contrary that most of the calamities were a consequence of the attacks on capitalism.
- Viewed over a longer period, however, the most amazing political fact since, say, 1800, as Tocqueville noted as early as 1835, is the spreading idea of equality in freedom, that theory of the ascendant bourgeoisie. Cynics and Jeremiahs to the contrary, it spreads yet. According to Freedom House, the percentage of “free” countries rose from 29 percent in 1973 to 46 percent in 2003, containing 44 percent of the world’s population. Think of Ukraine and South Korea. The world continues to draw on a lost, failed, used-up liberalism. Liberal democracy keeps on explaining events.
- Possibly modern economic growth is as large and important an event in human history as the sudden perfection of language, in Africa around 50,000 BC. In a scarce 200 years our bourgeois capitalism has domesticated the world and made it, Chicago to Shanghai, into a single, throbbing city.
- The triple revolutions of the past two centuries in politics, population, and prosperity are connected. They have had a cause and a consequence, I claim, in ethically better people. I said “better.” Capitalism has not corrupted our
souls. It has improved them.
- On the political left it has been commonplace for the past century and a half to charge that modern, industrial people, whether fat or lean, are alienated, rootless, angst-ridden, superﬁcial, materialistic; and that it is precisely participation in markets which has made them so. Gradually, I have noted, the right and the middle have come to accept the charge. I claim that actually existing capitalism, not the collectivisms of the left or of the right, has reached beyond mere consumption, producing the best art and the best people. People have purposes. A capitalist economy gives them scope to try them out. Go to an American Kennel Club show, or an antique show, or a square-dancing convention, or to a gathering of the many millions of American birdwatchers, and you’ll ﬁnd people of no social pretensions passionately engaged. Yes, some people watch more than four hours of TV a day. Yes, some people engage in corrupting purchases. But they are no worse than their ancestors, and on average better.
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